For two years, Cornell Realty has been trying to develop two former commercial laundry facilities in southern Crown Heights into residential towers with more than 500 apartments. Now the firm’s plan to rezone those properties is inching through the public review process, and YIMBY has a glimpse of what the project will look like, thanks to documents filed with the Department of City Planning.
Cornell Realty Management has filed applications with the Department of City Planning seeking to rezone the development sites at 40 Crown Street and 931 Carroll Street, both of which are located in western Crown Heights. A 16-story, 390-unit mixed-use building is proposed at the 40 Crown Street site. That building would measure 400,000 square feet and include 15,000 square feet of retail. A 16-story, 128-unit residential building is proposed at the 391 Carroll Street site.
It’s been a year and a half since Cornell Realty filed plans for a massive four-building, 208-unit development at 902 Franklin Avenue in southern Crown Heights. Now, Cornell has nearly finished demolishing the series of squat industrial buildings on the site between Crown and Montgomery streets, which used to be a commercial laundry business.
The 21,906-square-foot development site at 109 Montgomery Street, in southwestern Crown Heights, has recently changed hands for $24.5 million. Cornell Realty is likely the new owner, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The site has been approved for a 12-story, 162-unit residential building, which YIMBY revealed renderings of back in October of 2015. The latest permits indicate the building will encompass 168,236 square feet. If the new owner builds the current plans, the residential units, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, should average 814 square feet apiece. Amenities include a 71-car underground garage, a pet spa, private residential storage, storage for 81 bikes, outdoor terraces on the ground, second, and rooftop levels, and a fitness center. Karl Fischer is the architect. Demolition permits indicate crews will begin to raze the existing single-story warehouse imminently. The site is located five blocks south of the Franklin Avenue stop on the 2/3 and 4/5 trains and Franklin Avenue Shuttle.
A much talked-about rezoning for Empire Boulevard, the boundary between Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens, has been roiled by dissent from hardline anti-gentrification group Movement to Protect the People. But while Airbnb host-turned-anti-displacement-advocate Alicia Boyd…